March 15th, 2010
12:10 PM ET

Sports Update: Women's NCAA bids, Beckham injury

David Beckham ruptured his left Achilles tendon in an AC Milan match.

It lacks the mega-fanfare of Selection Sunday but tonight (7 p.m.) invitations get handed out for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, the signature event on a light day in sports. Some other highlights: (all times Eastern).

Mario Ancic vs. Rafael Nadal
, third round, BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (3 p.m.-7 p.m., FSN): World No. 2 Nadal says he always feels at home at Indian Wells and faces the talented but struggling Croat with an interesting backstory: The 25-yar-old Ancic missed much of 2007 and 2008 being diagnosed with mononucleosis and used his time away to finish law school at the University of Split in Croatia. One thing to keep in mind: Nadal is just  3-2 lifetime against Ancic.

NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Selection Show (7 p.m., ESPN): Might as well rename this The UConn Invitational. The Huskies have won 72 games in a row and it’s going to take a monumental effort to prevent then from cutting down the nets in San Antonio on April 6. The top four seeds will be UConn, Stanford, Tennessee and Nebraska.

Bruins at Devils (7 p.m., Versus): The Bruins hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, which makes every game a tense affair at this point of the season. New Jersey is 3-3 following the break for the Olympics and will play its fourth game in six days.

The Contenders (9 p.m., FSC) Fox Soccer Channel is previewing each of the 32 competing nations who will participate in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. France, the world’s seventh-ranked squad, is today’s profiled squad. They’ll compete in Group A along with Uruguay, Mexico and South Africa.


12,490 - Career rushing yards for LaDainian Tomlinson, eighth-best all-time among running backs. The Jets signed the former Charger to a two-year deal on Sunday.

115 - Appearances on the England national team for David Beckham, the most capped outfield player in the country’s history. The 34-year-old ruptured his left Achilles tendon yesterday while playing for AC Milan, likely ended his chances of playing for England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

21 - Consecutive appearances for Kansas in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the longest streak in the field for any school.

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